It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ronald Wayne Fenske on October 21, 2020 at the Canora Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.
Wayne was born in Yorkton on November 26th, 1949 to Earl and Emma Fenske. He was raised on the family farm near Ebenezer with his brothers, Gerald, Doug, Murray, and Wendell. As a young boy he worked hard on the farm developing a work ethic that was evident throughout his life.
On August 19th, 1972 Wayne and Janice (Parenteau) were married in Yorkton and moved to the farm. They were blessed with four children: Laura, Darren, Christine and Mark.
As a teen Wayne played ball and as he got older he joined a broom ball league in Yorkton. Wayne enjoyed his bonspiels, especially The Farmer’s in Yorkton, and watching curling in his favorite chair. He also liked to golf with his father-in-law on the weekends. Wayne loved his family and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, whether it be playing cards, cleaning off the dugout for skating or having wiener roasts in the yard. He and Janice made it a priority to visit their children and grandchildren for all of the special occasions like birthdays and graduations over the years.
Wayne’s exceptional work ethic was apparent throughout his life. He worked in the sheet metal trade for many years and, later in life, his skid steer was an important piece of equipment that he used to landscape, clean corrals, and push snow. All the while, Wayne farmed grain and livestock full time. His greatest joy in working with the skid steer was the people he met and the friends he made. Wayne was always available to lend a helping hand. He was never too busy to give help to anyone who needed it. Friends and family agree that Wayne gave the best hugs which will be sorely missed.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents, Emma and Earl Fenske and his brother Gerald Fenske. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Janice, his children Laura Shivak, Darren Fenske (Cindy), Christine Voordouw (Johan), Mark Fenske (Cayley), his grandchildren Emily Shivak, Megan Shivak, Nicholas Shivak, Jake Fenske, Abbey Fenske, Millan Voordouw, Oliver Voordouw, Ella Voordouw, Connor Fenske, Nickson Fenske, and Alexander Fenske, his sister-in-law Elaine Fenske (Gerald), his brothers Doug Fenske (Sharon), Murray Fenske (Barb), Wendell Fenske (Debbie), his many nieces, nephews, cousins as well as many friends.